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Healthy eating needn't cause financial strain

Published on 08/10/2009
Opting for cheaper alternatives to fresh foods can be just as beneficial for long-term health, experts have claimed.

That is according to the British Dietetic Association (BDA), which suggested that investing in fresh produce for a Mediterranean diet is not a singular action in contributing to better heart health.

Sian Porter, dietician and spokesperson for the BDA, said: "The Mediterranean diet is more of a lifestyle pattern; it is hard to single out one specific thing that could have a positive effect but more a range of factors working together."

For those concerned about the costs involved, she advised buying cheaper alternatives to fresh produce such as tinned fish and frozen vegetables for almost equal nutritional value.

Ms Porter's claims came in response to findings published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which suggest that although there is plenty of research highlighting the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, many people find that the costs of fresh produce can be prohibitive.

Giving up smoking is a significant lifestyle change that could reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, according to Heart Research UK.

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